Chicago students garner most Newcombe fellowshipsBy Josh Schonwald
Chicago is first in the nation in the number of students receiving Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation fellowships. Of the 35 winners this year, selected from more than 400 applicants, six are Chicago students.
The Newcombe fellowships provide a $16,000 stipend to graduate students in the final stage of writing doctoral dissertations on topics of ethical or religious issues. This years Chicago fellowships went to Thomas Bartscherer, Caroline Leigh Brown, Richard Reitan, Timothy Rommen, Andrew Sartori and Genevieve Zubrzycki.
Two of the winners, Reitan and Sartori, are graduate students in History. Reitans dissertation focuses on the emergence of ethics as an academic discipline in Japan, while Sartoris research explores the ambiguities of culture between 1870 and 1947 in Bengal. Were delighted. These fellowships obviously provide very important support for the dissertation work of our students, said Kathleen Conzen, Professor and Chair of History.
Bartscherer, of the Committee on Social Thought, was recognized for his work titled The Ancient Quarrel Unsettled: Plato and Nietzche on the Erotics and Ethics of Tragedy; Caroline Leigh Brown, of the Department of Anthropology, was recognized for her work, A Most Vital Resource: Legal Practice, Child Welfare and Alaska Native Identity. Timothy Rommen, of the Department of Music, will use his fellowship to support his dissertation, Watch Out My Children: Gospel Music and the Ethics of Style in Protestant Trinidad and Tobago. Zubrzycki, of the Department of Sociology, will use her fellowship to support her work titled Religion and the Nation: Church, State and Civil Society in Post-Communist Poland.
The Newcombe fellowships are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.